The Magical Healer: Bone Broth
Updated: Jun 2
Bone broth has been the hot new thing... and it's about time! Bone broth's history dates back centuries. It's a natural and super easy multivitamin and superfood for our animals (and us).
Bone broth's most important quality is it's gut healing properties...The gut is the most important organ and elimination pathway to constantly nourish. An amazing way to do that is through bone broth! Bone broth is such an easy way to do this. Whether buying or making it at home, bone broth will boost your dog's health and vitality.
What Is Bone Broth?
Bone broth is a liquid that contains brewed bones and connective tissue and has a gelatinous texture. Bone broth benefits the joints and digestive system! Since the broth brews bones & connective tissue, it is rich natural compounds from cartilage.
What Are These Magical Benefits?
It is packed full of quality essential and non-essential amino acids (protein) that help rebuild muscles and tissue.
Bone broth builds and maintains the immune system and detoxifies the liver. This is crucial since the liver absorbs so many toxins in the modern world. The liver detoxifies the body on the limited amount of the amino acid called glycine. And guess what... bone broth is filled with amino acids glycine, proline, & glutamine!
When the bones steep in the hot liquid, it is literally pulling out all the nutrients from the bone. But most importantly... the marrow! Inside the bones, there's bone marrow which is a great source of quality fat, collagen, and vitamins & minerals such as:
Once the bone broth cools completely, there will be a fat cap on top of the marrowfat.
Raw marrow also contains adiponectin, which is a hormone that supports insulin sensitivity, breaks down fat & decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, & obesity-associated cancer. Marrow is also a rich source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). CLA is a type of fat that decreases inflammation and boosts the immune system.
Bone broth is also great for joints. Since it retains all the gelatin that was in bones such as duck feet, which provides chondroitin. Chondroitin is great for joint pain, arthritis, and increase the body's shock-absorbing properties.
Bone broth is also anti-inflammatory. It heals the gut which means preventing chronic illnesses. Inflammation in the gut is where all chronic illness begins. Feeding anti-inflammatory foods is a super immune booster and prevents chronic illness! Bone broth does this by supplying the body with anti-inflammatory amino acids which helps heal the intestinal barrier. This is a key role to heal Leaky Gut Syndrome by plugging the holes in the gut with gelatin. The best way to test if a bone broth batch is high in collagen is the wiggle test! When the bone broth has high amounts of gelatin, it will become a jello-like consistency once completely cooled. Now that you know all the wonderful benefits of bone broth let's get to the best part, the foolproof recipe!
Easy Peasy Bone Broth
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is most common but lemon juice can be used to. This helps draw the minerals and gelatin out of the bones. For a bigger batch, I'll add around 1/4-1/2 c of raw organic ACV and for a smaller batch add about 2-4 TBSP of raw ACV (with the mother ACV is even better and adds more nutrients to this powerful broth)!
Bones with lots of marrow and gelatin are best for this recipe to ensure a gelatinous broth. This batch I am adding 1 PR turkey foot, 5 GFF venison RMBs, and 5 PR duck feet, and 2 GFF beef marrow bones. Every batch differs from what bones I add. Play around with what proteins you add to discover what your dog likes best! You'll want to fill the crock-pot full with bones to get a nutrient and mineral-rich broth. The more bones you add with ligaments and gelatin the more jelly-like consistency.
To get even more out of your bone broth, you can add extra goodies such as...
Water + time:
You'll want to cover the bones about 1-2 inches with water. Add all your other ingredients into the crockpot: ACV, bones + goodies (optional). Then turn your crockpot on low and leave to cook for 24-48 hours. The longer it cooks the more nutrients will extract out of the bones. Once your bone broth is ready, strain the bones out of the broth.
*DO NOT FEED THESE BONES*
Cooked bones can splinter and are very dangerous to consume. If there is leftover meat left on the bones you can pull the meat off and feed.
Then, when you've strained everything out of the broth, place in the refrigerator to cool. If it is not cooled completely it will not form the gelatinous texture that bone broth is known for. When it cool, you may see a film of fat on the top. Scrape it off and toss or you can feed it!
The reason why the fat is usually scraped off is that the fat is where animals hold their toxins. So, if you are using conventionally farmed animals, I would suggest to scrape the fat fil off. But if you are using grass-fed/pasture-raised animals, you can keep the fat and feed!
Storage + Dosing:
Once the broth is completely cooled, it be can be stored. I use mason jars or silicone molds and freeze. Although this cannot be given as a full meal, it is great for supplementation. When I fast Stormy once a week I always like to give her some liquid nutrients in the form of bone broth and/or raw goat’s milk. For supplementation, I would feed 1 oz per every 10 lbs. So since Stormy is 45 lbs I would give her 4-4.5 oz of bone broth with a meal.
Now that you’re armed with the information you need, go make some nutrient-dense & magical healing bone broth now! As always, thanks so much or stopping by and Always Keep Exploring!